Samsung Galaxy Mega phablets unveiled in 5.8 and 6.3-inch models

Samsung Galaxy Mega phablets unveiled in 5.8 and 6.3-inch models

Summary: Samsung has set its sights on dominating the Android phablet market, with the announcement of two new Mega devices that will go on sale alongside its Note and Galaxy S ranges.

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Samsung has unveiled two new jumbo sized devices that sit neatly in the phablet category between smartphones and tablets.

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The Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8

 

The 5.8-inch and 6.3-inch touchscreen equipped devices were unveiled on Thursday in the device maker's home territory of South Korea. The two devices are the latest in a long line of larger-than-average smartphones from Samsung, most recently following on the heels of the Galaxy S4 announcement.

"We are aware of a great potential in the bigger screen for extensive viewing multimedia, web browsing, and more," JK Shin, head of Samsung's mobile business, said in a statement. "We are excited to provide another choice to meet our consumers' varying lifestyles, all while maintaining the high-quality features of the award-winning Galaxy series."

Both devices will use the same Android 4.2 Jelly Bean version of Google's mobile operating system and will feature dual-core processors, albeit clocked at slightly different speeds - the larger handset uses a 1.7GHz processor, whereas the other uses a 1.4GHz affair.

As the larger of the two, the Galaxy Mega 6.3-inch model also comes with a slightly better spec list ovrerall, which includes a 6.3-inch HD display, 8-megapixel camera, 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera and microSD card support up to 64GB. It will come in a choice of either 8GB or 16GB internal storage.

The 5.8-inch version keeps mostly the same features, although it will only ship with 8GB of internal storage and has a slightly lower resolution 5.8-inch display.

Whichever Mega model buyers opt for, both offer a similar software experience, with both devices including Samsung's Group Play, WatchON, Samsung Link, S Translator and ChatOn apps coming pre-installed.

Despite not having an S-Pen stylus like Samsung's Galaxy Note range, the Mega handsets still make use of the related apps, such as S Memo, S Planner and its split screen multitasking mode.

Pricing and specific availability of the two Mega devices was not announced, but Samsung did say they would be arriving first in Europe and Russia starting in May.

Topics: Smartphones, Mobility, Tablets

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  • Good to have announced

    If Note and Note II are phablets then these are tabphones.
    samirsshah@...
  • Taxonomy

    Surely you mean *Tablone*
    ollysugar
    • Funny, but keep it simple

      They are most definitely phabs
      D.T.Long
  • no spen

    Not really interested, specs are no better and the lack of Spen is disappointing. But the new note 3 will be coming later? Seems to me that Samsung are chucking money away just to find out what the perfect phablet size is, nice if they can afford it but confusing for consumers
    richard in norway
    • Confusing?

      Only if you have no idea what you want or what you want to do with it.

      We really shouldn't be catering for the bottom 50% who will buy what they're told anyway.
      Pastabake
  • note3

    Looking at how similar this Mega is to the note/s4 makes me wonder if they are planning a radical redesign for the note 3
    richard in norway
  • Note X

    Love the size choices, but despite not using the spen often, I'm not willing to sacrifice it. Hoping the Note[next] has this larger screen AND spen.
    rwwff
  • So awesome

    The Note 2 has made my tablet obsolete.

    One criticism that has probably been worked out already, but too late to change the design of these two models; front facing stereo speakers.

    Especially now that the screen is so large, the speaker tech will definitely fit, yes? Can't fall asleep with headphones on, and have never loved mono sound.
    qwetry
  • Screen Pixel Density?

    Any old Android vendor can bring out a screen of any size, the important question nowadays is how many pixels they can pack in.
    ldo17
  • HAND ON VIDEO

    CHECK OUT MY HAND ON VIDEO WITH THE NEW SAMSUNG GALAXY MEGA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDySlkcnJVk
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